OutRage! has condemned the selection of homophobe and hypocrite Michael Portillo as Tory candidate for Kensington and Chelsea.

      "Selecting a homophobe like Michael Portillo is the moral equivalent of choosing a racist", said Peter Tatchell.

      "The Conservatives would not consider picking someone who advocates discrimination against black people, yet they have consciously chosen a candidate who endorses discrimination against lesbians and gay men.

      "It shows that the Tories remain the party of bigotry and intolerance."

Portillo Screws Queers! Homophobe!

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      Two members of OutRage! twice breached security and slipped through a heavy police guard to disrupt Michael Portillo's first press conference as candidate, at Kensington Town Hall on Tuesday, 2nd November.

      Just moments after Portillo had been selected as Tory candidate for Kensington and Chelsea, Fernando Guasch of OutRage! sneaked into the press conference and shouted: "Hypocrite! Homophobe! Bigot! You support laws that you yourself break".

'Portillo Unfit' Placards

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      Then another OutRage! member, Ben Evans, got within eight feet of Portillo and asked him: "Mr. Portillo, how do you reconcile your homosexuality with your homophobia?".

      Both men were violently ejected fron the press conference by police and security staff.

Tatchell gives TV interview, after result of ballot is announced

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      Afterwards, as Mr. Portillo tried to evade protests and the media by leaving the Town Hall via a back exit, his car was halted at the top of the ramp leading out of the underground car-park.

      OutRage! activists brandishing placards emblazoned with the words "Portillo - Liar! Hypocrite! Criminal!" ran in front of his car, causing it to halt and prompting Mr. Portillo to duck his head in a bid to avoid being recognised.

Portillo, camera-shy, speeds away

Portillo, camera-shy, speeds away

      "These protests are a foretaste of what Mr. Portillo can expect over the coming weeks. We will harry, embarrass, ridicule and shame him wherever he goes", said Mr. Tatchell.

      OutRage! has attacked Mr. Portillo over his decision to enter and exit Kensington Town Hall via the back entrance. "Unlike the other candidates he was too cowardly to face the media and a dozen gay-rights protesters", said Mr. Tatchell.

      The by-election, caused by the death of Alan Clark, will be held on the 25th November.


Portillo security lapse lets in OutRage! 25-November-1999
Portillo Flees over Rooftops to avoid Questioning 23-November-1999
Portillo protest at Tory preselection meeting 27-October-1999
Portillo accused of hypocrisy and homophobia 16-September-1999
BBC: Portillo on course for by-election 26-October-1999

BBC: Porter Portillo praises NHS "Transparent Stunt", 22-August-1999
BBC: Portillo: In his own words 9-September-1999
BBC: The path of Portillo 9-September-1999
BBC: Portillo's admission - the first comments 16-September-1999
BBC: Lord Tebbit -- Portillo 'not honest' about gay past 6-October-1999

Yahoo: Miscellaneous Tory News Items
Link to Conservative Party
Link to Ministry of Defence
Election Protest in Michael Portillo's Constituency 19-April-1997

Section 28: Schools attacked for buying gay sex education packs The Scotsman, 14-November-1999


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